Museo De la Tortura
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Neighbourhood: Centro Histórico
The beating heart of the city lies within Centro Histórico, the vast expanse of historical buildings and monuments that are a must when exploring Mexico City. Places such as the Museo Biblioteca Palacio Postal, Casa de los Azulejos and Palacio de Bellas Artes are the perfect eye candy for anyone seeking to admire arts and architecture. Don't forget to visit the wide variety of markets and plazas where any vintage item, handicrafts and jewelry characteristic of each state in Mexico can be found on Sundays. Admire majestic views of the city from the Monumento a la Revolución and Torre Latinoamericana, and round out the experience with restaurants of all cuisines nearby.
How to get there
  • Allende • 3 min walk
  • Bellas Artes • 5 min walk
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DavidPeregrino
Kingston, RI9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
As a scholar of the Inquisition, with several books based on 40 years of reading Inquisition files, in my view this museum falsifies history, exaggerates the prurient, and derives from centuries of Protestant propaganda, largely British after the splitting off of the Anglican Church, designed to vilify the papacy.

Most of what you see in this museum, and similar museums in various European cities, has little to do with the Iberian Inquisitions which, in Spain, Portugal, and their colonies, used only 3 tortures: first the 'potro' (tie a person down and tighten ropes around the muscles; 2nd the 'garrucha' (tie a person's hands behind them and then hoist him up; strains and often dislocates the shoulder muscles); and 3rd, only in extreme cases, the 'toca' (akin to waterboarding). Ample date confirms that torture was used only in cases where inquisitors believed that that the informant was lying, self-contradictory, or holding back. It also confirms that it was used much less often than in civil courts of the era.

The Inquisitions were horrible for many reasons, and the use of torture (or 'enhanced interrogation techniques') in only a single case is reprehensible, but that does not change the need to evaluate the Inquisitions based on facts, and not sensationalized propaganda.

David Gitlitz (professor emeritus of Hispanic Studies)
Written 1 January 2019
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Sarah Tini
23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We happened to pass by this museum on one of our first days in the city. We came back to explore our macabre side.
An interesting way to spend a little time, not a massive museum and I'm unsure of the actual history behind what we saw but quite amusing none the less. Some of the instruments shown and the stories behind them will probably make you squirm a little.
Written 4 September 2019
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Roldanlopez
New York City, NY401 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
I will grant that this museum is not for everyone, but I found it extremely interesting. I liked learning about the instruments used and for what specific crimes they were used for. It takes about 40 minutes to go through and for an entry fee of about three dollars American, I thought it a worthy thing to visit. Photography is not allowed.
Written 4 February 2019
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MLLCLA
Los Angeles, CA45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Originally went to the Palace of the Inquisition, but arrived to find it closed with a sign posted outside saying it would remain so for a couple of weeks.
Headed to the nearby Museum of Torture instead.
Definitely not for the faint of heart.
Although a relatively small venue, it offers plenty of opportunities to get as up close and personal as anyone likely would want with instruments of shameful human hate and ignorance.
If you want to explore part of man's age old history of violence, this is the place to go in CDMX.
Note : when making a visit to the Palace of the Inquisition upon its reopening, we were told it was now only displaying medical history : the Inquisition exhibits [ these rooms were sealed ] had been transferred to the Museum of Torture.
Written 26 August 2018
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MDanielaRA
Chicago, IL120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Every Christian should visit this museum to learn the TRUE history of Christianity! Only a Christian mind can come up with this methods of tortures.
Written 26 October 2021
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califcasl
1,090 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
I found this museum disappointing and boring and overpriced for what it offered. I think this is because instruments of torture are themselves boring. I won't be back.
Written 24 September 2018
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wannatraveller
Abbotsford, Canada69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
This was unexpectedly interesting.
For just over 100pesos you can learn how people are tortured(some still to this day) around the world.

Through movies we have seen some of these methods but nothing prepares you for some of the barbaric techniques you will learn by visiting this museum.

It’s much larger then I expected and took about 1 hour to get through the exhibit.
There are no stairs but lots of reading.
Written 1 March 2018
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Sahit_the_savvy
Dallas, TX127 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
If the wonders of Mexico City made you too euphoric, happy and hopeful about the world and the humanity in general, this place will slap you back to earth. This is the museum where various torture devices (mostly from the Inquisition) are displayed.
It is another reminder of how much evil mankind is capable of. You realize that someone thought about these devices and procedures, made sketches, and plans, like someone sat down and made the designs: "hmm, Bob (or Pablo) I think we need to raise that thing 5 degrees higher so that the knifes can penetrate deeper into the eyes etc etc.". Can spend one to two hours. Another good thing is it is a short walk to the National Museum of Art (which is just across the corner from Bellas Artes). Not for the highly sensitive.
Written 19 September 2017
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Rowan
New Orleans, LA666 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
This museum is quite violent as you can imagine, but extremely interesting. I found myself having to be rushed since I was spending so much time reading every exhibit. They have many artifacts that just make the torture all the more real. They have also have talks and movies at scheduled times. It is a small museum but one you will never forget! It is not for the faint of heart so definitely no children. They also have student discounts. I will always remember this museum from my trip to Mexico City!
Written 8 September 2017
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howardxp1
New York City, NY422 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
A different type of museum for sure, but if you can stomach the various torture techniques, then it’ll be a different way to spend 60-90 minutes.
How the Catholic Church and their priests got off torturing people for hundreds of years in the Inquisitions is beyond me!
These priests would be considered Serial killers and Sexual Deviants in today’s world. They’d be locked up.
This is similar to the Museum of the Inquisition just walking distance away.

Written 2 March 2020
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